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Moths in Our Gardens: Five-spotted hawkmoth (tomato hornworm)

The five-spotted hawkmoth or tomato hornworm, feeds on tomato, eggplant, pepper, and other members of the Solanaceae family. Often the larvae of the tomato hornworm are parasitized by wasps and can be found clinging to the stems of tomato plants with white pupae attached to their bodies (left). What’s Cool: The adult moths have stunning …

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Moths in Our Gardens: Squash Vine Borer

As its name implies, the squash vine borer, Melitta curcurbitae, targets plants in the family Cucurbitaceae (pumpkin, summer squash, zucchini, etc.). It is a pest to both commercial agricultural operations and home gardeners. What’s cool: Squash vine borer moths have an impressive aposematic coloration; the adult moths resemble a wasp at first glance. The moths …

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A New Book Enters the Contest!

Jim Sogaard was generous enough to contribute a signed copy of his book, “Moths & Caterpillars of the North Woods,” to our on-going contest for registered-mothers. This first-of-its-kind field guide presents photos and information about more than 300 species of moths found in the North. An innovative format makes field identification a snap, and 700-plus …

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An Article by a NMW Supporter

One of National Moth Week’s sponsors, David Wagner, recently had an article published in the Lepidopterists’ Society Newsletter. Titled “Moth Decline in the Northeastern United States,” this article outlines rare and extirpated moth species of Connecticut, and the establishment of southern moth species in the northeastern U.S. Also be sure to check out David Wagner’s …

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Events Update

With only 15 days until the start of the first (Inter)National Moth Week, we are only 4 states away from having all U.S. States on board! The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 46 states have at least one event registered. Also, 3 Canadian Provinces will be participating. Check out this page to see a …

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